Equinix is the first company to have its Binding Corporate Rules approved under the new GDPR regime
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Nov. 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, today announced that it has completed the rigorous process of Binding Corporate Rules (BCRs) approval by European Union (EU) regulators. In doing so, it becomes the first company to have its BCRs approved by the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) consisting of all 27 Member States set up under the new GDPR regime.
BCRs are designed to allow multinational companies to transfer personal data from the European Economic Area (EEA) to their affiliates located outside of the EEA, while adhering to the highest standards, as demanded by EU regulators. Achieving BCRs compliance ensures that the personal data flows that Equinix adopts to operate its global enterprise and support its global customer base are GDPR compliant. To achieve this, Equinix demonstrated its robust security parameters for obtaining, processing and storing personal data used in order to provide services to customers on its global platform.
The process to get the BCRs approved with the Information Commissioner's Office in the U.K. (ICO) as the lead data protection authority, was conducted against the backdrop of uncertainty around Brexit and complicating factors as to what a possible no deal exit from the EU may mean for the standing of the ICO and the current BCRs application.
The BCRs certification comes as governments around the world consider and implement data privacy regulations modeled after the GDPR, including locations where Equinix does business, such as in California and Brazil. By ensuring data privacy compliance in any market deployed, Equinix's global footprint enables its customers to conduct business in a way that can gain a competitive business advantage across the world's digital economy. Indeed, 86% of Equinix customers deploy in multiple markets, with 73% of them operating across multiple regions.
In an independent survey commissioned by Equinix of over 2,450 IT decision-makers across the world, the resulting need for a focus on data regulations was highlighted. 69% of IT decision-makers globally listed complying with data protection regulations as a top priority for their business, while 43% of IT decision-makers globally reported changing regulatory requirements around data privacy are a threat to their company.
Highlights / Key Facts
Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) connects the world's leading businesses to their customers, employees and partners inside the most-interconnected data centers. On this global platform for digital business, companies come together across more than 50 markets on five continents to reach everywhere, interconnect everyone and integrate everything they need to create their digital futures. www.equinix.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from expectations discussed in such forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such differences include, but are not limited to, the challenges of acquiring, operating and constructing IBX data centers and developing, deploying and delivering Equinix products and solutions; unanticipated costs or difficulties relating to the integration of companies we have acquired or will acquire into Equinix; a failure to receive significant revenues from customers in recently built out or acquired data centers; a failure to complete any financing arrangements contemplated from time to time; competition from existing and new competitors; the ability to generate sufficient cash flow or otherwise obtain funds to repay new or outstanding indebtedness; the loss or decline in business from our key customers; risks related to our taxation as a REIT; and other risks described from time to time in Equinix filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In particular, see recent Equinix quarterly and annual reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, copies of which are available upon request from Equinix. Equinix does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this press release.
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